Maximum matcha! Tokyo sweet shop sells the strongest green tea chocolates physically possible

We taste test the newest desserts from a 112-year-old Japanese tea company.

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And so today, we salute Japanese tea company Marushichi Seicha, for creating what it claims is the strongest matcha green tea chocolate that’s physically possible.

Marushichi Seicha is based in Shizuoka Prefecture, one of Japan’s top tea-growing regions, but we didn’t have to leave Tokyo to get our hands on this max-matcha desert. All we had to do was hop on over to the capital’s Shibuya neighborhood, where the company manages a sweets shop called Nanaya.

Nanaya offers a box of assorted green tea chocolates called Matcha 7 (priced at 1,600 yen [US$14.40]). Counterintuitively, you actually get eight different types of chocolate (the “7” is because of the “Shichi” and “Nana” portions of Marushichi and Nanaya, both of which translate to “seven”).

As soon as we opened the box, the aroma of green tea came rising up before draping itself over the surrounding area. Inside the package were 16 bars of chocolate. The two on the far right are made with hojicha (roasted tea), but the other 14 are all matcha chocolates, arrayed in increasing densities of green tea.

Things start off mild with just a 1.2-percent matcha dose, but the concentration ramps up quickly, rising to 1.9, 3.1, 5.1, 8.2, and 13.3 percent. Finally, we reach the pinnacle of matcha with a pair of

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